NYU has established a new, cross-University Urban Doctoral Fellowship Program that begins in Fall 2018. This competitive fellowship program is open to current and prospective doctoral-level students from across the University.

Please welcome our inaugural class of accomplished students who represent schools and departments from across the University, and were selected for their demonstrated interest in urban research.

  • Daniel Broid, Wagner School of Public Service
  • Emma Shaw Crane, GSAS, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
  • Alexandra Guttentag, College of Global Public Health
  • Chantal Hailey, GSAS, Department of Sociology
  • Byoungjun Kim, Sackler Program, School of Medicine
  • Brittney Lewer, Steinhardt, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities
  • Hsi-Ling Liao, Wagner School of Public Service
  • Katia Meggiorin, Stern School of Business
  • Sandeep Meritia, Steinhardt, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Gerard Torrants-Espinosa, GSAS, Department of Sociology
  • Timothy "Cliff" Whetung, Silver School of Social Work
  • Zhengbo Zhou, Tandon, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering


  • The fellows receive up to $3,000 in research funds (not a salary stipend), which may be used for attending conferences or other activities to further their research at some point during their studies.
  • The fellows are invited to participate in a new, cross-NYU Urban Research Seminar that will host leading scholars from a variety of disciplines who are researching urban issues.
  • The fellows are invited to join networking lunches or dinners following the seminars. 
  • The fellows are required to formally register for and attend the Seminar (ideally in their second or third year). The fellows will also have the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their own work from NYU faculty and their peer fellows.
  • Up to 12 fellows will be selected from prospective and continuing doctoral students for Fall 2019.


This competitive Fellowship Program is open to current and prospective doctoral students focused on urban research. Prospective PhD students must be nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies of their respective departments/schools. Current PhD students whose research interests focus on cities and urban issues may apply directly.

Selection Criteria

The key selection criteria for fellows are:

  1. Scholarly promise
  2. Urban focus
  3. Contribution to a cohort’s diversity (including methodological, demographic, disciplinary, and departmental)

How to Apply

For schools or departments wishing to nominate prospective students for the 2019-2020 class of fellows:

  • The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) must submit a nomination letter, together with the materials the applicants submitted to the doctoral program.
  • The one-page nomination letter should explain why the student would be a strong candidate for a fellowship focused on the study of cities and urban issues.
  • If a DGS is nominating more than one applicant, he/she must include a ranking of all students nominated.
  • All materials should be emailed to urbandoctoralfellowship@nyu.edu before February 15, 2019.

For current doctoral students interested in applying for the urban fellowship:

  • Students must submit their curricula vitae, unofficial transcript, and a brief (no more than one page) explanation of how their work is urban.
  • Students must also request a short recommendation letter from their advisor or another faculty member.
  • All materials should be emailed to urbandoctoralfellowship@nyu.edu before February 15, 2019.

Selection Committee

The 2019 Urban Doctoral Selection Committee includes:

  • Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin and NYU Department of Sociology (Chair)
  • Thomas Sugrue, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, NYU College of Arts & Science
  • Kimberley Johnson, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU College of Arts & Science
  • Daniel Neill, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Public Service, Associate Professor of Urban Analytics, Courant Institute, NYU Wagner and CUSP
  • Joel Steckel, Vice Dean for Doctoral Education and Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern